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"Richie McCaw wants to come to
This was the message given to
pupils at Otautau Primary School
by former All Black and Westpac
Rescue Helicopter ambassador
Kees Meeuws who visited the
school last Thursday to kick off the
annual Chopper Appeal.
Otautau Primary School is
becoming renown for its ability to
raise funds for worthy causes and
they are at it once again. Being
one of the first out of the blocks to
enter the Richie McCaw Chopper
Challenge earned them the
surprise visit from Meeuws to help
ramp up the volume and bring
some magic to their fundraising
'Bad News Meeuws', a nickname
he can't shake from his
Highlanders rugby days, said it
was an honour to be involved with
the 2011 Chopper Appeal and as
Otautau was the doorway to a vast
area of remote farmland, native
bush and National Park, it was
fitting the school won the right to
have him visit and talk with the
One of three schools in Southland
selected as part of Westpac
Rescue Helicopter month, Meeuws
spent 30 minutes with the pupils
talking with them about his life
as a rugby player, what it means
to play hard but play fair and the
difference the Westpac Rescue
Helicopter can make in the event
of an emergency -- especially in
western Southland and Fiordland.
No stranger to the outdoors
or danger, Meeuws -- recently
honoured with the title of Rugby
Legend in the Living Legends
Project leading up the Rugby
World Cup -- is an avid pig hunter,
diver and fisherman. He has also
suffered a number of sporting
injuries including a broken back
so has first hand experience of a
Otautau School has until May
31 to raise as much money as
possible for the appeal, with the
aim of achieving the ultimate first
prize of having All Blacks captain
Richie McCaw visit them on the
Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
The two pupils who have raised
the most funds, will have an
experience of their life riding in the
chopper with McCaw.
"Tell your Mum, Dad, brothers,
sisters, uncles, aunties and
neighbours -- they all need to
donate as they never know
when they will need (the rescue
helicopter)," Meeuws told the kids.
"Get out there and raise as much
money so you can get Richie
Rugby hero visits Otautau
Otautau School pupils await an autograph from former All Black and Westpac Rescue Helicopter ambassador Kees
Meeuws who paid a surprise visit to the school last week.
PHOTO: Trudi Baird
By Trudi Baird
The Fiordland Advocate has again
featured among the finalists in
the New Zealand Community
Newspaper Association's annual
awards, presented at the weekend.
The Fiordland Advocate was
placed fourth in the best website
section, judged over all circulation
classes. The winner was the
Mountain Scene (Queenstown),
with The Aucklander second and
The Weekend Sun, Tauranga, third.
The Fiordland Advocate now
distributes 9700 copies
throughout Southland every week
which meant it competed in a
different class this year -- class 2,
newspapers with a circulation of
between 7500 and 20,000.
In this section Kirsty Macnicol was
runner up for the best headline
behind Russell Blackstock of the
Mountain Scene with the judges
commenting "both writers have a
neat and lively way with words".
Kirsty was also a finalist in
the class 2 award for best
photographer, the judges noting
"Kirsty's work shows her skill at
knowing what is important in her
community with quirky images
and nice faces".
The winner was Troy Baker of the
The title of best all-round
community newspaper went to
the Howick and Pakuranga Times.
In class two the winner was The
Whakatane Beacon and runner-up
was the Mountain Scene.
Advocate features in national awards
A last call has gone out to current
and past Mossburn area residents
to contribute their stories and
photos from the last 25 years for
the updated district history book
being compiled for next year's
Winds of Change is being
compiled by Janet Thompson on
behalf of the Mossburn Historical
Society which plans to have it
published and on sale by the end
of this year. It will complement the
district's centennial history and
document the significant changes
to the area and its community
during the past 25 years.
Spokesman Pete Turner said the
last day for information for the
book was May 31 and he urged
everyone with a connection to
the district to take a look in old
boxes and cupboards for anything
that might be of assistance,
Items can be left at Bracken Hall
or emailed to Janet Thompson at
The books are expected to go on
sale at $40 a copy. Sponsors and
donations are also being sought
to support the book's publication.
A list of those sponsoring and
making donations will be included
as part of the written material.
The jubilee, celebrating 125
years of the district's schools,
will be held at Easter next year.
Everything from photos to a formal
dinner and fun day are planned,
with more details to be revealed in
coming months. Those interested
should contact Lauren Russell at
Last call for Mossburn memoirs
A winner is drawn every week!
Drop in to Te Anau Subway to
register your birthday and be
entered into the draw when
your birthday arrives.
Don t miss out !
HOW DO I ENTER ??
come and have
lunch on us!!
It s your
6" Sub & Drink
& your choice of either
2 cookies, 1 bag of chips or
1 bag of apples
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